Backpacking

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Superintendent Name: 
John Lujan
Welcome to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, home of the world's finest example of a fossilized reef, a surprisingly complex and unique assemblage of flora and fauna, and West Texas' only legally designated wilderness. This hikers' paradise consists of more than 80 miles of trails scattered among woodland canyons, lush riparian springs, steep switchbacks, and rugged wilderness. Here, one can experience solitude, tranquility, and the joy of finding plants and animals whose mastery of survival renews our sense of wonder.
Park Acreage: 
86416
Highest Point: 
Guadalupe Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
8749 feet
Visitor Count: 
174157
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Chihuahuan Desert; Limestone Fossil Reef; Guadalupe Peak; El Capitan
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5
Nearest Major City: 
Carlsbad, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Salt Flat, TX; Whites City, NM; Dell City, TX
Nearby Airports: 
El Paso International Airport (ELP); Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ); Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB); Midland International Airport (MAF)

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Great Basin National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Nielsen

In the shadow of Great Basin National Park's 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Great Basin offers the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Full of wonders, Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Park Acreage: 
77180
Highest Point: 
Wheeler Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
13063 feet
Visitor Count: 
78524
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lehman Caves; Lexington Arch; Wheeler Peak; Johnson Lake Mine; Lehman Orchard; Lehman Aqueduct; Rhodes Cabin
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Ely, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Baker, NV; Garrison, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Mc Carran International Airport (LAS)

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Anderson
Welcome to Denali National Park and Preserve, which is more than just a mountain! Denali's dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Summer slopes are graced with birds and wildflowers. Visitors enjoy sightseeing, backpacking, mountaineering, and research opportunities. Whether climbing or admiring, the crowning jewel of North America's highest peak is the awe inspiring 20,320 foot Mount McKinley.
Park Acreage: 
6.02809e+06
Highest Point: 
Mount McKinley
Highest Point Elevation: 
20320 feet
Visitor Count: 
1178745
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Mount McKinley; Denali Fault System
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Healey, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Healy, AK; Cantwell, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)

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Canyonlands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tony Schetzsle
Welcome to Canyonlands National Park's colorful landscape, which has eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts, including the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.
Park Acreage: 
337598
Highest Point: 
Cedar Mesa
Highest Point Elevation: 
6987 feet
Visitor Count: 
392537
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Green River; Colorado River; White Rim; Tower Ruin; Island in the Sky; Grand View Point Overlook; Cataract Canyon; Upheaval Dome; The Maze; Land of Standing Rocks; The Doll House; The Fins; The Great Gallery; The Needles District
Endangered Species: 
Colorado Pikeminnow; Razorback Sucker; Humpback Chub; Bonytail Chub; Southwest Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; InIndividual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Local Passport (valid for 1 year and applies to Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Moab, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Moab, UT; Monticello, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Capitol Reef National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Al Hendricks
Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park is bursting with unique natural and cultural history. The park was established to protect its infamous Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Comprised of 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths, this park is truly spectacular.
Park Acreage: 
241904
Highest Point: 
Billings Point
Highest Point Elevation: 
8960 feet
Visitor Count: 
511511
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Waterpocket Fold; Freemont Culture Rock Art; Bolder Mountain; Thousand Lakes Mountains; Triassic Tracks; Fremont River; Escalante River; Capitol Dome; Chimney Rock; The Goosenecks; The Egyptian Temple; Hickman Bridge; The Golden Throne; Capitol Gorge; Fruita Schoolhouse; Gifford Farmhouse; Behunin Cabin; Brimhall Bridge; Muley Twist Canyon
Endangered Species: 
Wright's Fishhook Cactus; Utah Prairie Dog
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3
Nearest Major City: 
Torrey, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Torrey, UT; Teasdale, UT; Bicknell, UT; Lyman, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Big Bend National Park

Superintendent Name: 
William Wellman
Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas. Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. In just an hour you can drive from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Come and explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.
Park Acreage: 
801163
Highest Point: 
Emory Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7825 feet
Visitor Count: 
298717
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Rio Grande River; Langford Hot Springs; Boquillas Hot Springs; Castolon; Johnson's Ranch; Mariscal Mine; The Commache Trail; Glenn Springs; Cooper's Store
Endangered Species: 
Black-capped Vireo; Mexican Long-nosed Bat; Big Bend Gambusia; Rio Grande Silvery Minnow; Chisos Hedgehog Cactus.
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Big Bend Park Annual Pass (valid for one year after date of purchase): $40; Children 15 years old and under : Free
Nearest Major City: 
El Paso, TX
Gateway Communities: 
Marathon, TX; Alpine, TX; Terlingua, TX; Lajitas, TX
Nearby Airports: 
Midland-Odessa Regional Airport (MAF); El Paso International Airport (ELP)

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Arches National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Laura Joss
Arches National Park contains the greatest density of natural arches in the world! Millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geologic events have created over 2,000 natural windows, pinnacles, spires, strangely shaped rocks, and sandstone arches. The world-famous Delicate Arch is among these formations. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.
Park Acreage: 
76359
Highest Point: 
Elephant Butte
Highest Point Elevation: 
5653 feet
Visitor Count: 
833049
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fiery Furnace; Wolfe Ranch; Delicate Arch
Endangered Species: 
Colorado Pikeminnow; Razorback Sucker; Humpback Chub; Bonytail Chub; Southwest Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Local Passport (valid for 1 year and applies to Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Moab, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Moab, UT; Thompson, UT; Cisco, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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